Paul McCartney recalls Queen Elizabeth II’s ‘great sense of humour’, ‘great dignity’ – Everett Post

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Next Queen Elizabeth IIdied Thursday at the age of 96, Mr. Paul McCartney released a brief statement paying tribute to the monarch. But now the rock legend has penned a lengthy tribute looking back at all the times he met the Queen.

In the post, which was posted on her official website, McCartney begins by noting, “I feel privileged to have been alive throughout the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. When I was 10 I entered an essay competition in Liverpool and won my division for my essay on the British Monarchy, so I’ve been a fan for a long time.

He also remembers watching the Queen’s coronation in 1953 on black and white television.

Sir Paul says he has met Queen Elizabeth “eight or nine times”, adding that “each time she impressed me with her great sense of humor combined with great dignity”.

The first time McCartney met the Queen was in October 1965, when The Beatles received the honor of Member of the Order of the British Empire.

One of the most memorable occasions, according to Paul, came in 1997, when he describes it as “a very proud day for me”: receiving his knighthood.

“I felt very honored to be offered a knighthood and of course it would have been rude to turn it down!” he says.

Further meetings took place in 2002 and 2012, respectively, when Paul performed at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

McCartney recalls the last time he saw Queen Elizabeth in person was in 2018, when she presented him with the Companion of Honor Medal.

As Sir Paul recalls, “I shook her hand, leaned over and said, ‘We need to stop meeting like this’, to which she laughed lightly and continued with the ceremony.”

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